The Kalos region is shaped like a five-pointed star, with one of its biggest cities being Lumiose City in the north-central part of the region. It features a vast network of rivers and waterways snaking through much of its landscape, cities and towns. North-east of Lumiose City lies a mountain range where more frigid temperatures exist, extending down into the plains below. Western Kalos features a vast ocean, where the shore side city of Shalour City lies in the middle of a cove.
Etymology and design concept
- Main article: Pokémon world in relation to the real world → Kalos
- 3000 years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y, the Kalos war occurred, the ultimate weapon was created underneath Geosenge Town, and AZ was given eternal life.
- c. 800 years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y, Xerneas releasedX/Yveltal absorbedY life energy throughout the Kalos region upon reaching the end of its life cycle. Afterward, it withdrew into hibernation deep within a forestX/mountain rangeY.
- c. 300 years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y, Parfum Palace was built.
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In contemporary history, Calem/Serena leaves his/her home in Vaniville Town, meeting Shauna and Serena/Calem, who invite them to join the pair for a meeting in Aquacorde Town. Calem, Serena, and Shauna receive their starter Pokémon from Tierno and a Pokédex from Trevor on behalf of Professor Sycamore. After delivering a letter to his/her Mom from Professor Sycamore, they head on an adventure traveling across Kalos challenging Gyms in order to earn eight Badges to then challenge the Pokémon League. Over the course of their journey, they come into contact with Team Flare, an organization whose goal is to create a "beautiful and better" world while making money. They try to do this by stealing Fossils from Glittering Cave, siphoning electricity from the Kalos Power Plant, stealing the Poké Balls from the Poké Ball Factory in Laverre City, and attempting to agitate and capture an Abomasnow. Calem/Serena also encounters a mysterious giant called AZ on several occasions, initially on Kalos Route 13. After earning their seventh Badge from Olympia, Calem/Serena is contacted by Lysandre, a man introduced by Professor Sycamore, who reveals both himself as the leader of Team Flare, and his intention to use the "ultimate weapon" to eliminate all life in the world. Calem/Serena battle Lysandre, first in Lysandre Labs, and again in the Team Flare Secret HQ, before making their way down to the basement where they find XerneasX/YveltalY and battle them, before battling against Lysandre once more. Even though Lysandre is defeated, and Calem/Serena and their friends reason with him, he still fires the ultimate weapon. The blast the weapon omits destroys it and buries Lysandre and the HQ, ultimately disbanding Team Flare. Calem/Serena then heads to the Pokémon League where he/she defeats the Elite Four and Diantha, becoming Champion of Kalos.
Cities, routes, and other locations
Kalos has sixteen cities and towns, and a Pokémon League.
Like in Unova, the routes of Kalos start counting again from 1, likely to represent its geographical isolation from the previously introduced regions. There are 22 routes in total.
The Kalos region has a total population of 868 including all the towns, cities, and areas.
Cities and towns
|Vaniville Town||9||Blooming buds covered in mountain dew exude hope for the future in this small town.|
|Aquacorde Town||15||A town that naturally sprang as people flocked to this pristine riverside.|
|Santalune City||36||Many beginning Trainers gather in this friendly city to start a Pokémon journey.|
|Lumiose City||416||A dazzling metropolis of art and artifice, located in the very heart of the Kalos region.|
|Camphrier Town||18||This ancient town was once famous for the long-neglected manor home of a noble family.|
|Cyllage City||50||A city nestled between the cliffs and the sea, overlooked by steep Bicycle racecourses.|
|Ambrette Town||27||This town was known only for its aquarium until the discovery of rare Fossils really put it on the map.|
|Geosenge Town||11||A town lined with mysterious stones and encircled by strange ruins of old.|
|Shalour City||40||The seaside home of the Tower of Mastery, where the legend of mysterious stones lives on.|
|Coumarine City||43||An exclusive resort area made popular thanks to its clear skies and mild atmosphere.|
|Laverre City||43||An unearthly city created by those inspired by a mysterious and ancient tree 1,500 years old.|
|Dendemille Town||21||A rural town where Pokémon and windmills work together to farm the land in a chilly latitude.|
|Anistar City||37||Some say the enigmatic device used as a sundial came from outer space.|
|Couriway Town||17||The railway brings people from great distances to see the huge, majestic falls.|
|Snowbelle City||39||They say the cold air flowing from the Pokémon Gym is responsible for this city's frozen state.|
|Pokémon League||12||This path is open only to those who can best every Pokémon Gym in the Kalos region.|
|Kiloude City||34||This city, popular with Pokémon Trainers, is a typical example of southern Kalosian life.|
|Santalune Forest||The gentle light filtering through this sun-dappled forest makes it a popular spot for nature walks.|
|Tower of Mastery||The tower of further awakenings.|
|Chamber of Emptiness||A mysterious void. It is said that nothing can exist within it.|
|Victory Road||This treacherous path to the Pokémon League will break the hearts of even the toughest Trainers.|
|Parfum Palace||A luxurious palace constructed 300 years ago by a king who wished to display his power to all.|
|Connecting Cave||This cave linking Route 7 and Cyllage City is notable for its great hordes of Zubat.|
|Glittering Cave||Lose all sense of direction as you wander through this cave, where Luminous Moss glows emerald green.|
|Reflection Cave||The sheer faces of these rock walls reflect the images of people and Pokémon like nature's mirror.|
|Kalos Power Plant||An environmentally responsible power plant that generates solar power from space.|
|Azure Bay||The deep blue ocean off Kalos's coast, where Pokémon from distant lands are said to visit.|
|Sea Spirit's Den||A pit in the shallows of Azure Bay thought to have been born from an ancient outpouring of energy.|
|Poké Ball Factory||An expansive factory where every Poké Ball used in the Kalos region is produced.|
|Lost Hotel||This once-famous hotel clings to the shade of its former glory after tragedy left it in ruins.|
|Frost Cavern||The drifting snow and impenetrable fog make this cavern a place of fantastical illusions.|
|Terminus Cave||A coal mine that was closed a few years ago due to rumors of a monster living deep within it.|
|Pokémon Village||Legends say a place exists where Pokémon live in hiding, but no one has ever found it.|
|Allearth Forest||The Allearth Forest is a forbidden place where the "Great Destruction," a mass catastrophe where much life was lost, took place.|
|Arche Valley||A small town with stone houses. It is Meray and Baraz's hometown. People strive to become one with nature here.|
|Avignon Town||A historical town with a large castle on a hill.|
|Azoth Kingdom||A mechanical kingdom where large cogs and gears all over the city run continuously.|
|Brackish Town||A town between Cyllage City and Geosenge Town. It is famous for its chocolate cake. Diantha had an exhibition match here.|
|Calanthe Town||A town between Cyllage City and Geosenge Town. It has a hospital for humans.|
|Dahara City||A sprawling metropolis with towering skyscrapers surrounded by stone houses. One hundred years ago, a great battle between the Pokémon occurred in the city, causing massive destruction.|
|Dahara Tower||The largest skyscraper and main landmark of Désert City.|
|Diamond Domain||An underground domain where many Carbink live in peace. There is a large diamond here called the Heart Diamond that sustains the land.|
|Frey City||A city with a Showcase theater that is located between Couriway Town and Snowbelle City.|
|Glorio City||A seaside city with a large castle on a hill that is located between Couriway Town and Snowbelle City. The castle has a theater where Master Class Pokémon Showcases are hosted.|
|Grace Tower||A rock formation between Shalour City and Coumarine City. It is rumoured to be a landing site for UFOs.|
|Ikazuchi Town||A town between Couriway Town and Snowbelle City that hosts a festival.|
|Jackal Town||A town between Couriway Town and Snowbelle City that has a jewelry exhibit.|
|Kalos Canyon||A canyon located somewhere between Geosenge Town and Shalour City. Due to the wind currents in the canyon, many Trainers come here to practice Sky Battles.|
|Lagoon Town||A town located between Shalour City and Coumarine City. It has a theater for Pokémon Showcases.|
|Mt. Molteau||A mountain located between Dendemille Town and Anistar City. It is a resting place for Moltres.|
|Nebel Plateau||A remote highlands where Pokémon harmed by humans live together with Volcanion.|
|Ninja Village||A village located between Anistar City and Snowbelle City. It is the hometown to the ninja Sanpei and his two brothers, Ippei and Nihei.|
|Odyssey Village||A village between Lumiose City and Santalune City that holds a Rhyhorn racing track.|
|Orsay City||A modern city with a large shopping mall.|
|Otori Mountain||A mountain located between Anistar City and Couriway Town that served as the base for a group of ninjas.|
|Pikachu Land||A film set owned by Frank, a movie director. It is the location for his movie, The Lightning-fast Hero! Super Pikachu!!.|
|Pikachu Manor||A large mansion on top of a cliff that is owned by Frank, a movie director. A lot of furniture and items inside resemble Pikachu, including a throne.|
|Pokémon Summer Camp||A summer camp hosted by Professor Sycamore. It is located between Geosenge Town and Shalour City.|
|Pomace Mountain||A mountain located somewhere between Geosenge Town and Shalour City. Mabel, a Trainer with a lot of knowledge about Mega Evolution, lives here.|
|S.S. Cussler||The remains of a luxury liner that sank to the bottom of the ocean long ago after colliding with an iceberg. Due to sea currents the wreckage was moved close to Muraille Coast. It has since become a home for many Pokémon living in the ocean.|
The geography of Kalos varies greatly within the region. The region is naturally bordered by a vast ocean to the west and northwest, and the eastern and southern borders are formed by mountain ranges. These borders give the region its signature star-like shape, as a large peninsula reaches out to the sea in the northwest, creating one point, and elsewhere the coastline, mountain ranges and rivers create the remaining four points. Kalos is made up of three distinct divisions, all with their own unique characteristics in both geography and Pokémon: Central Kalos, Coastal Kalos and Mountain Kalos. The bustling Lumiose City is located near the point where all three divisions meet.
Central Kalos is located in the centric and southern parts of the region. The area is dominated by large forested plains with multiple rivers crossing it, with very few changes in elevation. Several towns are surrounded by walls of some sort, and there are also many old castles and châteaus. Many important human settlements and landmarks are located here, such as Vaniville Town, Santalune City, a portion of Lumiose City, and the Parfum Palace.
Coastal Kalos is located by the vast sea in the western parts of Kalos. The mainly explored area is a strip between mountains and the sea. This area is dominated by rocky shores in the southwest and lush beaches and forests in the northwest. Most human settlements are located by the sea. The peninsula in the northwest is known for its menhir stones. There are many important locations, such as the Reflection Cave, Geosenge Town, and Shalour City with its Tower of Mastery.
Mountain Kalos is located in the eastern reaches of the region. The area is largely mountainous and the temperatures tend to be cooler than in the other parts, with some routes and settlements having snow covering them. To the north there is a marshy area that is said to be haunted. However, the settlements are plentiful, and there are some important landmarks, such as the Kalos Power Plant that is built on a harsh wasteland, the Poké Ball Factory in Laverre City, and the Pokémon League.
Kiloude City is located outside the three divisions, and is only reachable by train from Lumiose City. The city is relatively isolated from the other parts of the region, being completely surrounded by mountains.
- Main article: Kalos League
|Generation VI||Region: Kalos|
| Gym Leader
| Santalune City
| Cyllage City
| Shalour City
| Coumarine City
| Lumiose City
| Laverre City
| Anistar City
| Snowbelle City
Elite Four and Champion
- The English names of cities and towns in Kalos are derived from various ingredients used in fragrances. Likewise, the names in the European versions are derived from various terminologies related to art.
- The word "Kalosian", as seen in Kiloude City's description, is the adjectival form of Kalos.
- Kalos is the only newly introduced region to have fewer cities and towns than the previous new region in core series games.
- Kalos is the only region in which:
- Gym Leaders hand out TMs containing moves from older generations in games that it is introduced in.
- All Gym Leaders and Elite Four members use teams consisting entirely of Pokémon of the type they use.
- There are no cities, towns, or landmarks with a human population on an island.
- Kalos is also the only core series region that does not have:
- Including Gym Leaders, Kalos has the only female-dominant Pokémon League.
- The Kalos region has the largest regional Pokédex.
- In the Gym of Rustboro City, in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, there is a stone described as "A Kalos stone".
- Kalos is the least depicted region in the core series, only appearing in two games, Pokémon X and Y.
In other languages
|Korean||칼로스 Kalos||From its Japanese name|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||卡洛斯 Kǎluòsī||Transliteration of its Japanese name|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||卡洛斯 Kāloksī||Mandarin-based transliteration of its Japanese name|
|Russian||Калос Kalos||Transcription of English name|
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